Outdoor Music Ideas

As the warmer months are approaching, here are some activities you can do with your students while enjoying the outdoors!
Skipping songs are a great outdoor activity to add to your lessons. You can find a collection of these in Units > Dance & Move > Skipping Songs or by clicking the link here: Skipping Songs on MPO

Related Songs:

  • Bubble Gum (K)
  • Miss Lucy (1)
  • Bluebells (2)
  • Apples, Peaches, Pears, and Plums (2)
  • Miss Marcy Mac (4)

The list of songs feature a variety of resources, including lyric and notation videos, demos, as well as notation and lyrics projectables.


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For more outdoor games, check out our chase games

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Click on the Song List tab and then Add Filter.

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Click on Song Type.

Screenshot 2024-04-18 at 11.09.05 AMSelect Chase Game.

Here is a list of chasing games to get you started:
  • Lucy Locket
  • Mouse Mousie
  • Charlie Over the Ocean
  • Tisket a Tasket
  • Let Us Chase the Squirrel
  • Cut the Cake
  • Ickle Ockle
  • Our Old Sow
  • Hill Hill Come Over the Hill
  • Kye Kye Koolay
  • Turkey Lurkey
  • King’s Land
  • Frog in the Middle
  • I Like Turkey
  • Built My Lady
  • John the Rabbit

Cut the Cake

"Cut the Cake" is an exciting chasing game for your students. You can watch a kids demo here: Cut the Cake Kids Demo 1
Game Directions:
  • Students form a circle.
  • Measures 1-2: Clap hands.
  • Measures 3-4: Shake hands.
  • Measures 5-8: Students join hands in the circle.
  • One student walks around the outside of the circle during singing.
  • At the end of the song, they "slice" the cake by separating two students holding hands.
  • The student who separated the pair stands with arms outstretched.
  • The separated students race in opposite directions around the circle.
  • The first student to tag an outstretched hand wins.

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Cut the Cake Notation Projectable

 Below are additional outdoor activities:
  • Dancing: Play music through your phone and amplify with Bluetooth. Incorporate scarves or paper plates for movement.
  • Rhythm activities: Clapping, patting, stomping, and "Follow the Leader" with 4 or 8 beat rhythms.
  • Ball activities: Use a ball for bouncing and passing on the beat.
  • Circle games: "Frog in the Middle" and other circle games are always fun.
  • Sidewalk chalk: Illustrate songs like "Aikendrum".
  • Campfire or camp songs: Sing campfire or camp songs with movement.
  • Storytime: Read a story that corresponds with a song.
  • 4 Corners game
  • Sound scavenger hunt: Take a walk and listen for various sounds.
  • Parachute activities


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